What if you didn’t pull a permit to do work on your home?

Many repairs and updates don’t require a permit but many do. Here’s a list of repairs that require a permit that you might not know about: door and window replacement, a/c replacement, major plumbing repairs, water heater replacement, some roofing repairs. What if you did the work yourself, you didn’t get a permit, and are[…]

Is your landscaping a little too wonderful?

When selling your home, simple landscaping is more attractive to buyers than elaborate planting beds that will need special tending. Before putting your home on the market, consider simplifying your landscaping and potting up your special plants to take with you. And by all means, DON’T landscape your front yard like this one!

The Cost of Selling Your Home to an iBuyer

What’s an iBuyer? iBuyers are companies home sellers can find on-line who will make an “instant offer” and guarantee a quick closing. Open Door, Offer Pad, Zillow Offers, and Redfin are on real estate signs popping up around town. Although sellers will close quickly, an iBuyer will cost the seller 13% to 15% of the[…]

Slum lords make less money as investors

Slum lords leave money on the table. A well-cared for property is smart business for you as an investor: (1) Prime condition properties rent and sell for more, and they rent faster (reducing the dreaded turnover cost). (2) Tenants stay longer in well-cared for homes. The main concern every tenant has is: will you fix[…]